Report and photo by Felipe Leon
Two-time bantamweight world title challenger David “Morita” De La Mora (24-2, 17KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico, recently landed in the land of the rising sun for the second time in his career for this Saturday, October 27th’s ten round clash against hard hitting Ryosuke Iwasa (12-1, 9KOs) at the Tokyo, Japan, International Forum. In his first trip to Tokyo, De La Mora made a good account of himself in his first world title challenge when he took on WBA bantamweight champion Koki Kameda in August of last year. Kameda squeaked by with a close unanimous decision over De La Mora in a bout that many believed was much closer than the 114-113 and 115-113 twice verdict.
“The end,” De La Mora, 24, says with a smile when asked what will be different in this trip to Japan. “I am going with the mentality to win.”
Despite never leaving his native island, the twenty-two year old southpaw Isawa has faced a number of foreign fighters, mainly from the Philippines or Indonesia, with De La Mora marking the second Mexican he has faced with the first, Edgar Allende of Mexico City, dropping a six round decision back in ’08 to the home town fighter.
“He is a tough fighter with a hard punch but he only has thirteen fights, he is a rookie, he has half of what I have,” De La Mora states regarding his opponent. “There is no easy opponent but it it doesn’t matter, if he is easy or hard, tall or short, I am going to win.”
In his last bout De La Mora succumbed to a ninth round TKO at the fists of who many consider the best fighter in the division, Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno for the WBA super bantamweight crown earlier this year. De La Mora tends to believe that despite Isawa having half the experience that he does, chose him because of his performance in his last bout. “I think it is because of the last two losses that I have suffered almost consecutively. I think that is a major factor and I think they are hoping to be able to get ranked with a win over me but I think that is where they made their mistake. I think this fight helps me to back in the world rankings and it is a very decisive fight for me.”